Nashville City Cemetery
Nashville City Cemetery
|Location||1001 4th Ave. S.
|NRHP reference #||72001235|
|Added to NRHP||October 18, 1972|
Nashville City Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of Nashville's prominent historical figures are buried there. It includes the tombs of 22,000 people, 6,000 of whom were African Americans.
Nashville City Cemetery was opened on January 1, 1822. By 1850, over 11,000 people were buried there. In 1958, Nashville Mayor Ben West led an effort to restore and preserve the cemetery. In 1972, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places due to its historical and architectural significance.
Among those interred in the cemetery are two of Nashville's founders, four Confederate generals, one Tennessee Governor, and twenty-two mayors of Nashville. Also buried there are numerous soldiers, schoolteachers, former slaves, early civic leaders, and other interesting citizens of Nashville. By 2017, the cemetery included the tombs of approximately 22,000 people, 6,000 of which were African Americans. On March 4, 2017, Elias Polk and Matilda Polk, two slaves who belonged to President James K. Polk, had their tombstones replaced as part of an effort to recognize more African-Americans buried at the cemetery.
Nashville City Cemetery is located near downtown Nashville at 1001 4th Avenue South.
- Samuel R. Anderson – Confederate brigadier general in the Civil War.
- Gen. Felix Kirk Zollicoffer (1812-1862) – Confederate general, U.S. Congressman, Journalist, Tennessee militiaman.
- Washington Barrow – U.S. Charges d'Affaires to Portugal; U.S. Congressman from 1847-49.
- William Carroll – Governor of Tennessee from 1821 to 1827 and again from 1829 to 1835.
- Thomas Claiborne – U.S. Congressional Representative from 1817 to 1819.
- William Driver – coined the name Old Glory for the U.S. flag in 1831.
- Francis Fogg – developed Nashville’s public school system in 1852.
- Harlan Howard (1927–2002), a prolific American songwriter, principally in country music.
- Mabel Imes and Ella Sheppard – two of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers.
- Lt. Lipscomb Norvell – Revolutionary War Soldier and father of US Senator John Norvell.
- John Patton Erwin (1795-1857), Mayor of Nashville from 1821 to 1822, and from 1834 to 1835.
- Alexander Porter (1785-1844), U.S. Senator who represented Louisiana.
- Felix Robertson (1781–1865), Mayor of Nashville from 1818 to 1819, and from 1827–1829.
- Anne Robertson Johnson Cockrill (1757-1821), pioneer.
- James Robertson and his wife, Charlotte Robertson – two of the founders of Nashville (then called Fort Nashborough)
- Wilkins F. Tannehill (1787-1858), Mayor of Nashville from 1825 to 1827.
- Charles Clay Trabue (1798-1851), member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1824 to 1828 and Mayor of Nashville from 1839 to 1841.
- Humbles, Andy (March 4, 2017). "James K. Polk slaves recognized at Nashville City Cemetery". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
- Nashville City Cemetery
- Bucy, Carole S., and Kaplan, Carol F. The Nashville City Cemetery: History Carved in Stone. Nashville, TN: Nashville City Cemetery Association, 2000.